God Uses People to Care for People
God’s Definition of Caring – Part V
Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:1-11
Key Verse: 1 Peter 5:2a NLT
Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you…
Another aspect of caring for people is when they are sick. Look what Jesus said when God’s people stand before Him in Judgement:
“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed Me. I was thirsty, and you gave Me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited Me into your home. I was naked, and you gave Me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for Me. I was in prison, and you visited Me.’” (Matthew 25:34-36)
In this passage we find a list of things that people can do when caring for other people. Jesus’s list includes feeding people, giving them water to drink, being hospitable, giving clothing to those in need, and caring for the sick. Though this entire list has ways that are equally important in caring for God’s people, I want to focus on those around us that are sick.
When one of God’s people, whether a pastor or a layperson, steps in and brings comfort and help for a sick person, the caregiver creates a wonderful bond with the one who is sick. Let’s look at some steps that we can take when we become aware that one of our fellow believers is sick.
First, figure out if the sick person wants help.
I have found that there are times when a sick person simply does not need or want anyone hanging around when they are sick. Some people are so private that they do not even want anyone to know that they are sick. One man I know had cancer, and he adamantly did not want others to know of that diagnosis. So, we must always be sensitive to these issues and make sure that a sick person wants our help.
Second, realize that our presence is more important than our words.
My father was a pastor for many years, and I will never forget something he told me: “people will seldom remember what we say but will always remember that we were there”!
I learned the hard way to never try to give answers for sickness. I was visiting a woman who had just lost her newborn infant. In all my wisdom, as a pastor for only a couple of years, I said to her: “God may have known that your little one would have physical problems”. The women responded, “yes, but couldn’t God heal those problems?”. I did not have an answer for that and learned not to speak for God in that way.
We must learn that it is our presence that shows sick people love and concern.
Father, grant me the wisdom and courage to simply be with fellow believers that are sick. May I represent You well. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.